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Ten of the best: Shanghai concept cars

Great Wall Kulla EV concept : The Chinese answer to the Renault Twizzy, this all-electric 1+1 (it can carry two people, one behind the other) churns out 15bhp, can travel 100km and takes 4.5 hours to recharge. Electric cars have been slow to catch on in China but the Kulla’s makers are hoping that there will be enough interest to take this model from concept to production. Photo:AFP
1/10Great Wall Kulla EV concept : The Chinese answer to the Renault Twizzy, this all-electric 1+1 (it can carry two people, one behind the other) churns out 15bhp, can travel 100km and takes 4.5 hours to recharge. Electric cars have been slow to catch on in China but the Kulla’s makers are hoping that there will be enough interest to take this model from concept to production. Photo:AFP
Honda Concept M : A multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with a difference, this car is aimed at families rather than commercial use. While the segment is huge in China, most owners chose MPVs for their ability to double up as vans, rather than because a group of people can travel in comfort, with luggage, and with the latest technology at their fingertips. Honda is hoping to redress the balance. Photo:AFP
2/10Honda Concept M : A multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with a difference, this car is aimed at families rather than commercial use. While the segment is huge in China, most owners chose MPVs for their ability to double up as vans, rather than because a group of people can travel in comfort, with luggage, and with the latest technology at their fingertips. Honda is hoping to redress the balance. Photo:AFP
Tongji Auto : The latest concept from the latest crop of design students attending the Tongji colleges of automotive engineering from which the company derives its name. The car is meant as an ideas showcase rather than as a production vehicle and clearly there are a lot of ideas going on here. Photo:AFP
3/10Tongji Auto : The latest concept from the latest crop of design students attending the Tongji colleges of automotive engineering from which the company derives its name. The car is meant as an ideas showcase rather than as a production vehicle and clearly there are a lot of ideas going on here. Photo:AFP
Buick Riviera Concept : The GM-owned brand is hoping to make a splash with this futuristic-looking coupe but has given no details as to what might be under the hood. The production model is expected to be based on the Buick LaCrosse sedan but hopefully the designers will find a way to keep the double-length gullwing doors in the final production version. Photo:AFP
4/10Buick Riviera Concept : The GM-owned brand is hoping to make a splash with this futuristic-looking coupe but has given no details as to what might be under the hood. The production model is expected to be based on the Buick LaCrosse sedan but hopefully the designers will find a way to keep the double-length gullwing doors in the final production version. Photo:AFP
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept : A rather sleak SUV concept that uses a hybrid powertrain and indicates the future design direction for the next generation of premium German off-roaders. As well as VW, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini will be using this platform for their next generation of big, four-wheel drive vehicles. Photo:AFP
5/10Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept : A rather sleak SUV concept that uses a hybrid powertrain and indicates the future design direction for the next generation of premium German off-roaders. As well as VW, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini will be using this platform for their next generation of big, four-wheel drive vehicles. Photo:AFP
Toyota GAC concept : A joint venture between leading Chinese automaker Guangzhou (GAC) and the world’s biggest Japanese car manufacturer, this concept currently has no official name but is yet another attempt to crack the market for small, sporty, environmentally friendly SUVs, for which there is an overwhelming demand in China. Photo:AFP
6/10Toyota GAC concept : A joint venture between leading Chinese automaker Guangzhou (GAC) and the world’s biggest Japanese car manufacturer, this concept currently has no official name but is yet another attempt to crack the market for small, sporty, environmentally friendly SUVs, for which there is an overwhelming demand in China. Photo:AFP
Icona Vulcano : The wraps have finally been taken off the Icona Vulcano and it looks as good in real life as its supposed performance figures do on paper. The first vehicle produced by the Italian design studio based in Shanghai, the Volcano mates a monstrous V12 engine with electric motors for intense power, just like the latest flagship Ferrari, while trying to boost its green credentials. Photo:AFP
7/10Icona Vulcano : The wraps have finally been taken off the Icona Vulcano and it looks as good in real life as its supposed performance figures do on paper. The first vehicle produced by the Italian design studio based in Shanghai, the Volcano mates a monstrous V12 engine with electric motors for intense power, just like the latest flagship Ferrari, while trying to boost its green credentials. Photo:AFP
Beijing Auto Concept 900 : A rather stunning concept that has been slowly developing over several appearances at different Chinese motor shows, the Concept 900 is based on the Mercedes Benz E-Class platform, is a joint venture between the two companies and should be ready for production before the end of next year. Photo:AFP
8/10Beijing Auto Concept 900 : A rather stunning concept that has been slowly developing over several appearances at different Chinese motor shows, the Concept 900 is based on the Mercedes Benz E-Class platform, is a joint venture between the two companies and should be ready for production before the end of next year. Photo:AFP
Ford Escort Concept : The original car to carry the Escort badge was one of the most successful in automotive history and in its new guise, as a small family car specifically for the Chinese market, Ford clearly hopes to relive past success. Photo:AFP
9/10Ford Escort Concept : The original car to carry the Escort badge was one of the most successful in automotive history and in its new guise, as a small family car specifically for the Chinese market, Ford clearly hopes to relive past success. Photo:AFP
Acura Concept SUV-X : Developed primarily for the Chinese market. The high-end Japanese car maker claims that a production-ready version could be on sale in less than three years and will be aimed at the same market segment as the BMW X1. Photo:AFP
10/10Acura Concept SUV-X : Developed primarily for the Chinese market. The high-end Japanese car maker claims that a production-ready version could be on sale in less than three years and will be aimed at the same market segment as the BMW X1. Photo:AFP
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